One of the themes emerging from our discussions with members about improving our Local Shopping Centres is the re-opening of a Post Office in Belmont Village. The owner of the Pet Stop shop was keen to take this on, but received a disappointing initial response from the Post Office. As a consequence, the Forum wrote to Chief Executive of the Post Office emphasising the vibrancy of the Village and the great community spirit that exists there.
Following their public consultation over the summer 2017, Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust published their findings in November.
Their summary conclusions are:"We cannot continue running acute services on two sites because we will not be able to meet all of the clinical standards expected of us..."
Discussions on whether or not a new hospital might appear in Belmont are likely to run for several years.
In the immediate future (in some cases NOW), a number of projects are already under way. Several members have contacted us, confused about what is going on and whether what they have heard of are either / or developments.
We had a very interesting presentation at our Neighbourhood Forum meetings on 27th and 28th September from Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust and his team about the Trust’s plans for the future as part of their initial consultation on how the community would like them to move forward with providing significantly improved health care facilities in our area.
The Belmont & South Cheam Residents’ Association was able to get a large part of South Cheam designated as an Area of Special Local Character (ASLC) in 2011 because of the consistency of its architecture and its Arts and Crafts design. Local residents love this style and told us that they would like to see it maintained.
South Cheam’s Burton Estates Area of Special Local Character (ASLC) Design Guidelines now formally adopted